When it comes to sushi, Ginza is the place to be. It is no secret that it is a hotspot for a long list of restaurants run by sushi masters. Michelin-starred or otherwise, dining at these premium sushi bars are culinary experiences in the to-do list of many visitors to Japan. Getting a reservation may be difficult and the price tag hefty, but the food bliss is one of a kind and definitely worth it.
On the other hand, foodies who are not too keen on splurging won’t get disappointed either. Casual sushi bars in Ginza deliver on quality and ambiance at reasonable prices, making sushi dining not as intimidating. And, of course, there are conveyor belt sushi restaurants to grab a quick bite of sushi at a reasonable price.
The range of choices in Ginza for sushi is really overwhelming. In reality, there are just too many good options. But if we were to pick the best ones for each price range, here’s our recommended list:
A word of advice: Most, if not all, luxury sushi restaurants are by reservation only. You have to ask your hotel or a local to get you a schedule months in advance. For some establishments, a credit card is also required for booking.
Sukiyabashi Jiro (すきやばし次郎)
Sukiyabashi Jiro became extra famous by visit of the former U.S. president Obama and the film, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." Sukiyabashi Jiro considers sushi as one of the simplest foods in the world. Thus, the chefs' skill matters a lot. They believe their sushi has the soul of a sushi chef in it. There is no menu at Sukiyabashi Jiro. When you sit down, sushi chefs freshly make sushi in front of you with the finest ingredients of the season. Visit Sukiyabashi Jiro to have a truly authentic sushi experience.
Address: 4-chome-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥40,000 ~
Sushi Ginza Onodera (鮨 銀座 おのでら)
Sushi Ginza Onodera is a part of the Onodera group, which has various specialized restaurants all around the world. Its sushi restaurant is also located in Shanghai, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and New York, but the Ginza branch intends to be the center of sushi culture, the traditional Japanese food. Their concept is from Ginza to the world. Because of their hard work, their New York and Los Angeles branches received 2-star by the Michelin Guide 2019! They stock the freshest ingredients from Toyosu Market and also from Hokkaido every day.
Address: 5-chome-14-14 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999
Sushi Kanesaka Ginza (鮨かねさか 銀座本店)
Many foreign diners find the rather reserved atmospheres of high-end sushi places quite intimidating. If you belong to this bunch, Sushi Kanesaka is the sushi joint for you. The chefs here are well-versed in English and are very candid with guests. With the language barrier out of the way, it opens up more opportunities to gain more understanding of the items being served to you. Hence, taking the sushi experience to another level.
Address: B1F Misuzu Building 8 Chome-10-3 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999
Helmed by the young and talented Chef Ichiyanagi, this relatively new restaurant is one of Tokyo’s up and coming restaurants. It is popular for serving unusual pieces including the rare item Ankimo (monkfish liver) and for tuna lovers, Ichiyanagi’s pieces are considered to be exceptionally good.
Address: 1F Ginza Kosumion Building, 1-5-14 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999
Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13156961/ (Japanese only)
Ginza Sushi Aoki (銀座 鮨青木 銀座本店)
Ginza Sushi Aoki offers two styles of enjoying sushi: 1) Enjoy sushi as much as you want 2) Enjoy drinking while having delicacies and sushi. So you can choose between two kinds of omakase courses: Nigiri sushi omakase and delicacies + nigiri sushi omakase. You will be in the hands of the sushi chef for either course, but choose delicacies + nigiri omakase course if you want to enjoy the pairing of drinks and seafood. They also have takeout bento-box style sushi, which is very beautiful and photogenic.
Address: Ginza 6-7-4, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥30,000
Casual dining sushi
Sushi feasts can also be enjoyed in casual settings. The service may not be as personal and the food may not be prepared by the expert hands of a sushi master, but if value for money without compromising quality is your basic aim, then you’ll be happy with these choices:
Umegaoka Sushi No Midori (梅丘寿司の美登利)
Umegaoka Sushi No Midori is a popular sushi restaurant chain with 8 stores in Tokyo. The concept is simple: fancy sushi at reasonable prices. There are platters to choose from and a la carte dishes too. The dining area is spacious and is perfect for groups, most especially for families with kids. This one in Ginza seats 82 people at a time. Reservations are not taken so do expect long lines on weekends and peak hours.
Address: 7 Chome-2 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999
Sushi Dedesuke (鮨でですけ)
Sushi Dedesuke is a casual sushi restaurant offering sake, food, seafood, and sushi. Don't underestimate the quality of the food here. Experienced Japanese chefs' skill brings the umami flavor of ingredients quite well! It's nice to enjoy their various delicacies and sushi with some drinks like Japanese sake. Another great point about this sushi joint is that they offer all-you-can-eat sushi on weekends!
Address: TKKsinbasi Bld., 1-17-8, Nishishimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥5,000 ~ ¥5,999
Ginza Sushi Marui (銀座寿司処 まる伊)
Not cheap but not too expensive either. Sushi Marui located in the backstreets of Ginza serves only the freshest items from fish market. On the menu are sushi, sashimi, and chirashi (sashimi rice bowl). It is also popular among salarymen and office ladies for their affordable lunch sets.
Address: 3-8-15, Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Price: ¥6,000 ~ ¥7,999
Kaiten or conveyor belt sushi
Sushi on color-coded plates whizzing past you is the fun experience you get when dining at a Kaiten sushi bar. Take the plates you want to eat and without noticing it, there’s already a tall pile of empty dishes on your table. How much your bill is going to turn out depends on how much sushi you can handle, but with a price range of ¥100 – ¥600 per plate, you can go a long way with just a few thousand yen.
Nemuro Hanamaru Ginza (根室花まる銀座)
Nemuro Hanamaru is one of the most famous and high-quality conveyor belt sushi restaurant which originates in Hokkaido. They are particular about sticking to the authentic way. Although they are conveyor belt sushi restaurants, they don't offer many modern flavor sushi, such as putting mayonnaise on it. Instead, they are more focused on providing sushi with the freshest seafood. If you want to try some real authentic sushi at a reasonable price, Nemuro Hanamaru is the place to go!
Address: Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 5-chome-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999
Sushi-Bar Numazuko Ginza (銀座沼津港)
Numazuko shares the same value proposition as Nemuro Hanamaru: high-quality pieces prepared by chefs, fun conveyor belt sushi experience, and affordable prices. Aside from sushi, they also serve a wide array of a la carte dishes seafood dishes. Their Uni (sea urchin) dish is quite popular – creamy raw sea urchin piled up Mt. Fuji style.
Address: 8F Kirarito Ginza Building 1-8-19, Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999
Website: http://www.numazuko-bar.com (Japanese only)
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All information in this article are as of the updated date.
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